Mackelvie Society Lectures: Painting as protest in the prisons of the French Revolution

7.30 – 8.30pm

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In this talk Senior Curator of International Art, Dr Sophie Matthiesson uncovers the extraordinary story behind a group of well-known landscapes painted on plates in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris, by the renowned French landscape and decorative artist Hubert Robert (1733-1808) during his imprisonment as a political suspect during the Terror.

This event is part of the Mackelvie Society Lecture Series 2021. Four lectures are hosted online via Zoom, one is onsite in the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, and all are free to members of the Gallery and the Mackelvie Society.

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About the speaker: Senior Curator of International Art, Dr Sophie Matthiesson has more than 20 years’ experience as a curator and educator in England and Australia including Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2007-2019). In her role at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Sophie develops and manages the Gallery’s historical and modern international collection, including the Mackelvie collection.

About The Mackelvie Society: In 1885 the collection of James Mackelvie was bequeathed to the people of Auckland and the Mackelvie Trust was established to maintain this legacy. Today collection is shared between Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira and Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections. The Mackelvie Society is the philanthropic support branch of the Mackelvie Trust and by joining, you ensure the future growth and enhancement of the collection.

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Image credit:

Hubert Robert, Landscape painted on a plate, 1794. Oil on hexagonal plate, Musée Carnavalet, Paris.


7.30 – 8.30pm

Online event
Free, Gallery and Mackelvie Society Members only

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